A fiery display of three-point shooting in the first half by the 17-2 Northrop Bruins had some at the Teepee ready to call the Decatur Fire Department to come extinguish the blaze in an 83-38 Bruin rout of the Bellmont Braves Tuesday night.
After spotting Bellmont a couple of early leads, the last of which came at 5-4 with six minutes to play in the first period, Northrop quickly took matters into their own hands. R. J. Edwards gave the Fort Wayne squad a lead they wouldn't lose with a pair of free throws and then Brenton Scott put his Bruin teammates on his back.
When he and fellow Bruin Jourdan Love were done, Northrop was up 31-16 in the second period. During that span Scott drilled four consecutive treys, all of which hit nothing but net in the first period and Love tossed down three straight treys in the second period. Scott's twin brother Bryson (both are juniors and have committed already to playing for Matt Painter at Purdue) helped with the first two Northrop scores of the game and stole a ball and scored to open round two.
Northrop continued its all-court assault for the rest of the half (hitting eight straight treys at one point) and went to the locker room with a comfortable 47-27 edge. And had there been cold water applied to one team to cool them down at the half, it must have been to the Braves as Bellmont hit a pitiful eight percent from the field in the second half (4-25) and managed just 11 points overall in the final 16 minutes while Northrop continued its offensive smorgasbord with 36 for the final 45 point decision.
Bellmont returns to action Friday night as they host Wells County nemesis Bluffton. JV and freshman play will start at 6:15 and varsity at approximately 7:45 p.m.